This is no cock-and-bull story.
A seven-year fight over a champion fighter cock ended this week with the warring parties settling it out of court.
The rooster belonging to Ram Prasad Bedia of Ganeshpur village near Jharkhand capital Ranchi was prized for its victory run in local cockfights that involve betting.
It went missing on January 2, 2006. Ram Prasad suspected brothers Kajru and Rajesh Ganjhu, his neighbours, of foul play. But the brothers thrashed him when he enquired about the fowl.
Ram Prasad lodged a complaint at the local Ormanjhi police station. The police took three years to investigate and submit the case diary in a local court on July 10, 2009.
The trial began soon after charges were framed against the brothers on March 20 the following year.
After almost four years of litigation, Ram Prasad and the Ganjhu brothers realised the court proceedings had cost them more than Rs 30,000.
“Unable to sustain the legal expenses, the two parties brokered peace and filed a compromise petition in the court to end the litigation,” defense lawyer Omprakash Gaurav said.
The court of additional judicial commissioner Arun Kumar Mishra admitted the petition and dropped the case against the accused brothers. One of them, Kajru, had however had to spend two and a half months behind bars during the trial.